Sunday, June 24, 2007

Desert Recall

Sitting in church today To sing and pray, My mind a million miles away What could I say? Behind the song, the photos flashed My heart on the screen dashed Rodeo arena days in my mind crashed On to me blue-sky memories latched The longing in my eyes compounds Even as my current happiness surrounds Still the tears roll down But I have been found Far away from God in that desert, I fear Yet He was always near Showing me His beauty clear His love so dear Desert landscape brings to recall Horses and mountains, pitchforks and stalls Indian friends and canyon call I was so stupid – I almost had it all The longing in my eyes compounds Even as my current happiness surrounds Still the tears roll down But I have been found The imperative, now I cuss Oh how I fight the thrust Listen, follow, trust, This He says is a must I hang on the coral, admiring those Wrangler butts Swarming bugs of nighttime florescent glare, I duck While the cow, rider and horse cut Downing beers, I was out of luck The longing in my eyes compounds Even as my current happiness surrounds Still the tears roll down But I have been found Caught unaware by the images today I was ready to pray It was as if, at my feet, a challenge He lay On my mind it weigh Saddle blankets wet Horse necks lathered from sweat Curry the hide, pick the hoof, chores I’ll never forget In my memory the pictures were let The longing in my eyes compounds Even as my current happiness surrounds Still the tears roll down But I have been found Cynics and skeptics, I confess There’s nothing I can say to put this to rest Oh come on, what do I profess? Nothing that will pass your test Soap the leather, dally the rope Will this ever be easy? Nope. Still my God gives me hope Maybe that makes me a dope The longing in my eyes compounds Even as my current happiness surrounds Still the tears roll down But I have been found Sitting in church today To sing and pray, My mind a million miles away What can I say?

3 comments:

tp said...

EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE - WONDERFUL MEMORIES MAKE US SMILE - BRINGING US BACK TO A TIME IN THE PAST - THAT WE CAN'T REPEAT, BUT WILL ALWAYS LAST. Been there, done that. tp

Anonymous said...

Wow. I didn't know you worked on a dude ranch too!
Beautiful. I could hear and see "it". Another reason to make we wish I was from the West!
Mother of the Other Redhead from N.C., soon to be from S.C.

tp said...

Friends with horses
A longing to own one,
A week at a Dude Ranch
And poetry -
beautiful poetry by the ton !